Fact file: The America's Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand competed in the 34th America’s Cup sailed in San Francisco in September 2013.

New Zealand has a long history of success and defeat in the much desired America's Cup sailing competition.

The 34th America’s Cup was sailed in San Francisco with 72-foot ultra-lightweight catamarans.Three challengers - Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa (Italy) and Artemis (Sweden) - competed in the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series in July 2013.

New Zealand was the winning challenger and went on to sail against defender Oracle Racing (USA) in September 2013 - a hard fought contest to determine the holder of the America’s Cup.

The action took place on San Francisco Harbour, closer to the shore and more visible than any previous America’s Cup, with New Zealand eventually conceding to the US team.

The America’s Cup fact file:

  • International sport’s oldest trophy
  • Third most watched sporting event in the world
  • Referred to as ‘yachting’s Formula One’
  • One of the most difficult sporting trophies to win - held by just four nations in 162 years
  • The Cup is named after a boat called America, not the country
  • New York Yacht Club held the Cup for 132 years - the longest winning streak in sporting history
  • Showcasing skills of the developing world is an on-going theme
  • Famously labelled ‘the game of life’ - embracing cutting-edge technology, big personalities and significant financial investments
  • History and prestige associated with the America’s Cup make it a test of sailing skill and boat design but also fund-raising and management skills.

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Fact file: New Zealand and the America’s Cup

Fact file: New Zealand - a sailing nation